Term dates, College regulations & Handbook

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Term Dates 2020-21


We expect all freshers to arrive at Trinity on Tuesday 6th October 2020, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Your room will be available from this date. If you are travelling from a country currently under UK quarantine restrictions, you may, if you wish, request to arrive from Monday 21st September 2020 to complete your quarantine period in College. For all other international students coming from outside Europe, it may exceptionally be possible to arrive on Monday 5th October; please email our Admissions Officer if you wish to enquire about either of these options.

For the rest of the academic year, all undergraduate students should note, especially if you are booking travel for going home in December and returning in January, that you are required to be in residence in Trinity as follows:

  • Tuesday (by 4 p.m.) 6th October – 6 p.m. Friday 4th December 2020
  • Thursday (12 noon) 14th January – 6 p.m. Friday 12th March 2021
  • Thursday (12 noon) 22nd April – 6 p.m. Friday 18th June 2021

These dates and times are fixed, and obligatory for all undergraduate students.

In addition, you may need to stay in Oxford for one additional week at the end of the Hilary or Trinity Terms for University Examinations. The timetables for these are published later in the year. Third- and fourth-year students undertaking laboratory-based research projects may also be required to stay for part of the vacation; they should consult their tutors for advice.

Please note that the University calendar of ‘full terms’ specifies later return dates, which correspond to University lectures. The dates listed here over-ride the University dates for Trinity students; this is to take account of College teaching arrangements and compulsory pre-term practice exams in January and April 2021.


We expect all graduate freshers to have arrived in Oxford by Sunday 4th October 2020. Your Department and the College have a full freshers’ week timetable lined up for this week!

All graduates in fee-paying status are also expected to keep Oxford full terms, and for many courses, you will be expected to work through part of the vacations. For more advice, please contact your course director (for taught courses) or your supervisor (for research degrees).

College Handbook and Regulations

The College Handbook details the essential regulations which all students of Trinity must observe. It also provides useful information on practical matters, including whom to contact with questions, room bookings, etc.

University Regulations

Students must also observe the regulations of the University. These are detailed, with full information on each degree course, in the on-line version of the University’s Statutes and Regulations.